October 09, 2015

My complaint to CBC Ombudsman about Mary Walsh equating Harper to Hitler

Dean SkoreykoRebel Blogger
 

Here's the complaint I filed today with the CBC Ombudsman:

While I can appreciate that the CBC considers it within its mandate to report on events relating to the current federal election that are light-hearted or entertaining, I believe the CBC News Newfoundland and Labrador crossed a severe line of good taste and objectivity when it chose to embed a video of “Marg Delahunty” (Mary Walsh) in a October 7, 2015 story on the comedian’s election antics (“’Save’ Stephen Harper, Marg Delahunty says in protest video”).

In the embedded video, Walsh calls Stephen Harper by a variety of names including “Stasi Steve” and “Herr Harper” intended to make allusions between the Conservative leader and communist or Nazi regimes.

These are very serious, ugly, and possibly slanderous slurs to be levelled against any politician and I believe the CBC should not have given forum to them, particularly without any sort of comment in the accompanying article.

Mary Walsh should be barred from appearing on the CBC until such time as a review is completed on how the producers and CBC management will ensure Mary Walsh and others appearing on CBC never use these types of slurs again to personally attack and if she is reinstated, be forced to issue an apology.

(PS:The CBC Ombudsman and I have corresponded before...)

 

 

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commented 2015-10-13 14:57:19 -0400
Jay,

Yep. They just don’t get it here.
commented 2015-10-13 01:06:50 -0400
So, Dean Skoreyko has his nickers in a knot about Mary Walsh’s skit. He should be reminded that Walsh is not an official spokesperson for the nation and that countless Canadians have compared Harper to Hitler.
commented 2015-10-12 17:19:38 -0400
Wish he would stick her sword or her wand where the sun don’t shine.
commented 2015-10-12 15:00:57 -0400
Liza,

She has every right to do it on MY taxpayer dime.

Write a complaint letter to the CBC – I am sure it will look great in their garbage can. Better yet, complain to Harper – who supports the CBC.
commented 2015-10-12 14:11:21 -0400
People are lazy. Its easier to jump on a bandwagon where the dialogue is all set out for you. Its easier to say, ‘hell ya, man, that Harper is a Nazi, everyone knows it’, than have to think for yourself. Mary and other left wing mouth pieces know this and use it unfortunately, quite effectively on the ignorant masses. Its pathetic really.
She has every right to spew her hate, but she has no right to do it on the taxpayer’s dime.
commented 2015-10-12 13:27:43 -0400
Liza,

It’s amazing how you and Erin can both be conservatives – but Erin isn’t fucking crazy like you and doesn’t constantly says the most moronic things like you do.

I think it’s very telling as to what kind of person you are – when I have been able to become friends with Erin – a normal, reasonable and sensible conservative. You are none of those things and thus I don’t think you would be willing to be friends with either of us.
commented 2015-10-12 11:57:55 -0400
Sell her country out is what she does. The CBC is the only reason she has been employed for the last 40 years. Newfoundland rose above its ‘have not province’ label in 2008, for the first time in its history. How does she think that happened?
commented 2015-10-12 04:49:59 -0400
The only work Big body Mary can get is her friend the CBC! Hollywood is not calling her! I wonder why! How people will sell their country out for s few minutes on the CBC !!
commented 2015-10-12 04:28:25 -0400
Liza,

I will call it for what it is – you are uptight and easily offended extreme conservative whackjob – who has fuck all going on in her life, so she whines about meaningless shit like this.
commented 2015-10-12 04:25:52 -0400
Kelvin,

Boo fucking hoo – it’s “wrong”. Comedians have been saying FAR WORSE for decades.

If it will make you feel better, you can tell me that I am worse that Hitler.
commented 2015-10-12 01:16:56 -0400
Its character assassination, designed to take down Steven Harper on our public broadcaster, CBC, paid for by taxpayer dollars. Its a bottom feeder attack paid for by you and me. Character assassination is what the left do best.
We may ridicule angry Tom, and wee boy Justin, but nothing even close to the bottom feeder vilification Harper gets.
We have bankrolled this vehicle for division and lies. Delanutty is an insult, and is insulting a rather large portion of the population, and so is the CBC.
Satire my ass, call it what it is.
commented 2015-10-11 23:08:02 -0400
Jimmy I also appreciate political satire even when it is done right. I like some of the jib jab videos I have seen and I guess I appreciate that they do take shots at both sides and it does seem like people put effort into it. I also think Canadians have some amazing talent but every now and then I get embarrassed when I see what appears someone putting on a falsetto voice and this is supposed to pass as funny when in my opinion it is substituting for lack of good material and dialogue. I do think the irony of this video is the attempt to portray Harper as a dictator and yet they seem oblivious to Justin’s open declaration of his admiration of the basic dictatorship of Communist China. So if he wind the election and he turns out to be a jerk in the totalitarian capacity it’s not like he didn’t warn us. Since I am going down that road his explanation of why he admired then was even more disturbing, He said because of their ability to turn their economy around on a dime. Well yeah if you can kill or imprison anyone who challenges you I imagine you could but I don’t think you can separate one from the other which makes his comment absurd.
commented 2015-10-11 23:07:10 -0400
Jimmy you have know idea what I find amusing. It is that to compare anyone to a mass murderer is wrong . That’s not being uptight or humourless it’s about respect to another human being. I for the life of me cannot understand how people like you can’t get it. It’s this damn lack of respect for human life is what confuses me about you phoney socialists. You pretend to care so much about life on one hand and yet you don’t give a shit about killing babies and selling their parts for profit. You jump on the stupid gay band wagon but you don’t give a shit whether you put people out of business that feel they shouldn’t have to cater to them. You think women should wear body bags that have been imposed upon them by a religion. But love to piss all over other religious symbols. Anyway I guess what I’m saying is that when you pose a question as to why we don’t agree with this report and when we try to enlighten you and you then insult me, I have only one thing to do is ignore your posts from now on , for you don’t even represent most liberals you sir are the most ignorant asshole I have ever encountered. And I have been around unlike yourself. Ya narrow minded little prick.
commented 2015-10-11 22:17:28 -0400
Prince,

It’s unfunny to YOU and to clarify I don’t really find Mary Walsh funny, but generally speaking – I do like comedians, who take someone down with an insult if it’s funny and especially if it’s accurate. Jon Stewart was a genius at this.

It’s conservatives that that call in to TV networks to complain about Family Guy and other shows with vile content. There are even websites dedicated to trying to get filthy and violent shows off of television. That ain’t liberals/progressives. They are laughing and enjoying those shows from hell.

Let’s also not forget that Dean complained to the CBC about Walsh among MANY OTHER THINGS.
commented 2015-10-11 22:05:53 -0400
Kelvin,

Sorry that I have a sense of humor and can laugh this shit off. You are uptight and easily offended – that is a fact.
commented 2015-10-11 18:46:27 -0400
The comment section on the CBC website contains frequent and numerous deranged ranters using the Hitler references. None are moderated out and they seem to always stay at the top of the comment list. However any comment pointing out that the CBC “reporter?” has an obvious liberal bias is quickly deleted. In fairness I did refer to Trudeau as a pot smoking, air head drama teacher. Got the “content blocked” message so it never made it into print. I can only assume the CBC was concerned that if the majority of the terminally angry whine crowd read my comment their heads could explode.
commented 2015-10-11 18:36:24 -0400
Interesting “charges”, Nathan W.

Now, back them up with data and proof.
commented 2015-10-11 18:36:23 -0400
Interesting “charges”, Nathan W.

Now, back them up with data and proof.
commented 2015-10-11 18:36:23 -0400
Interesting “charges”, Nathan W.

Now, back them up with data and proof.
commented 2015-10-11 17:19:52 -0400
lol there is a new nazi hunter in town.. aka an insignificant moron.. go ahead nathan … sue me.. i cant stop laughing..
commented 2015-10-11 16:05:48 -0400
I would LOVE it if someone presses for slander charges on this front.

Then we can discuss in full public view Harper’s association with the white supremacist Northern Foundation, which he helped to found.

He is a Nazi. He is a muzzler. He cannot tolerate dissent. He runs roughshod over the constitution, but refuses to propose changes to it. He is a tyrant.

And soon we will be rid of him.

You are our neighbours, not our enemies. Welcome to the post-Herr Harper world, coming soon to a town near you.
commented 2015-10-11 14:49:41 -0400
I used to enjoy the Royal Canadian Air Farce much more than This Hour Has 22 Minutes… my personal opinion was that the Farce had a helluva lot more class than 22 Minutes.

Although Mercer’s “rants” were pretty decent…
commented 2015-10-11 14:48:18 -0400
Jimmy — I’ll agree with you that Harper’s position both as a politician and a public person makes him a huge target, and fair game for comedians/comediennes. That wasn’t the point I was trying to make.

The point I was attempting to make is that the comics themselves have varying ways of “creating comedy”. Some of it is a bit twisted, some of it is outright attack and insult. I really appreciate the “twisted” variety (maybe that’s why I really enjoy British comedy). The attack and insult, the put-down, may appeal to some, but it’s often received by the audience as an attack on themselves — their principles. THAT is very un-funny.

The “progressives” are a more reactionary bunch than the “conservatives” (in general — lots of exceptions everywhere), and yet the “conservatives” are being painted as “too easily offended” and “thin-skinned”. If that’s indeed true, then why is it NOT the “conservatives” that are dominating the post-secondary institutions with all these policies about micro-agressions and trigger words and hate claims and…

I go back to humor being subjective — you find something funny that I don’t, and vice versa. There are many reasons for this, including personality, and society, and upbringing, and a host of others. There are many different styles of humor — pratfalls, slapstick, parody, etc. Not sure I could say more than that, and not sure I could explain it any better. You and I have two completely different outlooks, and that will affect our perception(s) of “humor”.
commented 2015-10-11 14:36:07 -0400
Aaaaand another excellent reason not to watch the CBC. Why didn’t the CPC government defund or sell the CBC when they had the chance? Nobody is congratulating them for not doing so. Put it on the block and sell it to the first person who complains for a SINGLE DOLLAR. Let them waste their own money for as long as they want.
commented 2015-10-11 14:32:19 -0400
I KNEW YOU WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND. IT’S NOT FUNNY CALLING ANYONE A MASS MURDERER!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe your brother Timmy can crack out the crayons and draw you a picture geez your thick
commented 2015-10-11 14:26:41 -0400
Kelvin,

Again, it’s showing that you are easily offended. I couldn’t care less if they said that Trudeau was worse than Hitler. IF it’s funny, I can still laugh. IF it’s not funny – I am certainly not going to waste time writing complaint letter to the network. I think that’s pathetic. I think Dean is pathetic here.
commented 2015-10-11 14:19:32 -0400
I’ll give it a whirl Jimmy. I and probably many here don’t mind political satire, some is very funny and some is not . No big deal, right? But I don’t know if you have noticed but in the last few years the media has let the public become desensitized to the name calling of politicians like "hitler"and this " stasi crap" . It is a very big insult, not only to call a conservative " hitler" is as stupid as it gets for obvious reasons , being on the total opposite of the political spectrum. But to denigrate anyone to the same level as a mass murderer is simply showing true ignorance, that is why I’m outraged by these imbecilic comments. Now I know you are going to say that we are evolving and times change, but there are incidents that have occurred in our history that should be untouchable and never made fun of such as calling anyone a mass murderer no matter how much you may despise him or her. IMHO
commented 2015-10-11 14:16:43 -0400
Prince,

I completely disagree. Some of the greatest comics in history just put it out there and hoped it flies…and it did.

Amy Schumer just puts it out there and I am sure she is incredibly offensive to many easily offended conservatives, but she is pretty much the hottest thing going in comedy right now.

You are making excuses here for Stephen Harper getting attacked and as a political comedian – just like Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, she has every right to do that. It goes with the territory if you are a politician.
commented 2015-10-11 14:05:17 -0400
Jimmy — making fun of somebody is all in the eyes/ears of the recipient. Humor is subjective, not objective. That which one holds close and dear is more protected than that which is not — and this goes for principles, as well as things and people.

As humor is subjective, the onus is on the comic to judge whether or not something is designed to be funny, and not to “put it out there” and hope that it flies. Parody and satire are, indeed, forms of humor, but also must be measured with the comic’s motive and intent.

This time, I don’t believe the intent was parody; I believe it was more a political attack. If I’m correct, then it has no business being aired.

But what do I know about comedy? — It’s the same as “art” — don’t know much about it, but I know what I like.

Does this attempt to answer your question?
commented 2015-10-11 13:53:23 -0400
First of all that ugly woman in an not age appropiate costume ain’t funny.
She is a typical well fed, over paid CBC hack.
If she ran up my driveway she would be buying new dentures, or waiting to shit out her old ones.
I resent paying for the CBC.
I want them de-funded.